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Google to China: We've Had Enough

Jan 14, 2010, 14:34 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Facing criticism is part of the cost of doing business for large companies, and Google is no exception. Among the chief sources of criticism for the search giant is its accession to the censorship demands of the People's Republic of China. The outcry may soon see a change of tense, however, as the company has announced an end to its cooperation.

"Google has long contended that its actions, which include filtering thousands of banned search terms are a matter of complying with applicable law — its operations within China are subject to Chinese law, just as its activities in the United Sates are governed by U.S. law. (In the case of the latter, it complies with demands to block content subject to DMCA complaints.) Moreover, it is a matter of practicality: As has been aptly demonstrated by the "Great Firewall of China," ones options are censor or be censored.

"Critics have long called for Google to end its cooperation with the Chinese government, while the company has countered that Chinese users would suffer greater harm from a complete block than selective filtering. That position has changed...."

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